Our Rating: ★★½☆☆
L Factor: Major lesbian characters
Short Take: It’s the late 1800s in a coastal New Zealand town. A businesswoman and her lover persevere, one marrying a man for cover.
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Year: 1993
Duration: 94 min
Language: New Zealand/English
MPAA: R
Director: Stewart Main, Peter Wells
Writer: Stewart Main, Peter Wells
Starring: Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Kevin Smith, Lisa Chappell, Cliff Curtis, Michael Hurst

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+Alt Tags+It’s the late 1800s in a coastal town in New Zealand. Dorothea (Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Boudicea in Xena, A Game With No Rules) is a local businesswoman. Her sister is pregnant and under the influence of opium supplied by her bad influence of a boyfriend, and Dorothea hires new immigrant Lawrence (Kevin Smith, Xena) to marry her sister and be a father to the child. Meanwhile, local politician William (Michael Hurst, Hercules) wants to marry Dorothea for her money, and Lawrence desires Dorothea instead of her sister.

Dorothea already has a lover, Anne (Lisa Chappell, Hercules), who encourages her to marry William to provide a cover for their life together. The men come and go, but it the end, Dorothea and Anne’s love perseveres.

This is an over the top drama, with overwhelming music and odd camera angles, costumes, sets and colors. The film is almost like some kind of odd dream performed for the stage. Ward-Lealand and Chappell look lovely together though. The film also includes a full-on frontal nude shot of the late hunky Kevin Smith. (AB)